A report containing recommendations on how to improve the way the charitable sector is regulated
in Canada was publicly released May 5, 2003. Strengthening Canada’s
Charitable Sector: Regulatory Reform was developed jointly by the Joint
Regulatory Table, a working group of senior federal government and voluntary sector representatives.
The report offers practical, workable solutions aimed at enhancing and strengthening the regulatory
framework governing charities.
Some of the report's recommendations call for legislative change, and others would require
administrative change in internal procedures and systems. The Canada Customs and Revenue
Agency (CCRA), which has responsibility for regulating charities at the federal level,
and Department of Finance officials are currently reviewing the recommendations.
In the meantime, the CCRA has moved forward with service improvements in a number of areas.
These improvements include: